ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On Tuesday earlier this week, I took a flight from New York City to Los Angeles. When we all gathered at the gate to get on the plane, we had to wait a while for the plane to arrive from its earlier flight. Once the plane arrived and we all boarded and got settled, the pilot came on and told us we would be delayed because they were having problems refueling the plane. Once they finally solved that problem, the pilot came back and told us that we’d have to wait to take off because we were deep in the line of planes waiting for clearance. And then we got switched to a different runway and had to go wait in that line. (Note to any pilots out there: If you begin an announcement to the people on your plane by saying, “When it’s going wrong, everything goes wrong,” before the plane is even in the air, it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. Just saying.)
On Wednesday, the Indiana Pacers won at Utah, and then had a late-night flight scheduled to San Antonio, where they play on Saturday. And that’s where the drama began, as Bleacher Report’s Adam Fromal broke it all down.
First, bad weather forced their plane to land in Houston instead of San Antonio. So they decided to take a bus to San Antonio.
Second, the bus broke down on the way to San Antonio.
Third, they stopped for food and What-A-Burger was closed.
Fourth, the bus started working but the defroster on the bus stopped working.
Fifth, the defroster started working but the bus temperature rose exponentially.
Sixth, and perhaps most troubling, Pacers guard C.J. Watson locked himself in the bus bathroom. Luckily, Roy Hibbert captured the rescue efforts on Instagram.
The good news? The Pacers finally made it to San Antonio. The way the Pacers have been playing this season, this might be the only thing that slows them down.